Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was missing from the body of the bishop on Flight 66?

2. What does Baden note about the FBI photographer at the scene of the autopsy?

3. Who were Baden's Nobel prize winning mentors?

4. What do the police claim Frank Falco used to pretend he had a gun?

5. What did William Hare and William Burke do to obtain bodies to sell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how ricin came into fame in 1978.

2. Describe why Baden notes the conspiracy theorists' use of the head movement of Kennedy after his shooting leads to unreliable conclusions.

3. Explain how Baden discovered the age, time of death, and identity of Katherine Howard.

4. Describe the blunders that occurred during the Levin and Chambers case.

5. Describe briefly the position of coroner during the reign of King Richard I.

6. What does Baden note in Chapter One is the price of fame when a celebrity dies, and why?

7. Discuss why Baden believes how someone dies is a reflection of how they live.

8. Explain Baden's experience of the convergence of hospital medicine and the morgue, and why the event had an impact on him.

9. Explain the circumstances surrounding the guilty verdict of Harvey Crippen.

10. Explain why Baden chose forensic medicine as his profession.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the case of Paul Fried in detail. What were the original circumstances surrounding Paul's death? What caused further investigation? What role did his wife, Catherine, play? What was their relationship like? Who came forward with information, and what was that information? How was a new cause of death discovered? What was the result? How did the autopsy findings affect this case? What does this say about the importance of a proper autopsy in any case of death?

Essay Topic 2

Baden often questions the morality of others involved in the governmental process. He questions the DAs, the mayors, hospital coroners, military personnel, rescue workers, and still others throughout the novel on a variety of different levels. Why do you think Baden suspects nearly all departments of corruption? Do you think this comes from his own experiences as an ME? Why or why not? Do you think Baden is biased as a result of his experiences? Does this discredit his opinions about such issues as misidentifying remains, improper ME techniques, or looting of victims? Why or why not? What does this say about the credibility of his entire book?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 4, Baden discusses the history of the office of the medical examiner. In detail, discuss this history. How did the position begin in the reign of King Richard I? What was the position like by the eighteenth century? What event began to change the view of this position, according to Scotland Yard? What began to happen by the French Revolution? How was the position seen in the colonies? What was the view of the ME by the early nineteenth century? What is the current view? Be sure to list details from the book in your discussion.

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